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Reasons to avoid third party portal in front of Azure

I often am asked, “should I put a third party portal in front of my Azure or multi-cloud environment?” They ask for a good reason, they want to achieve control of their cloud environment and help their organization to make good decisions. It often comes from organizations who have a self-service portal in their on-premise environment and want to achieve the same ‘efficiencies’ in their cloud environment. There are a lot of reasons why people go down this route, but it is NOT a good idea. In fact, deploying a portal in front of your public cloud is a common anti-pattern that companies should avoid. Here are some of the reasons to avoid this approach.

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Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #3—Assuming Your Cloud Environment Needs to Function Like On-Premises

The last several posts in this series have zeroed in on specific structural and technical pitfalls to avoid when getting started with Azure. In this post, let’s zoom out a bit and consider a mistake that’s more conceptual than it is technical—namely, that switching from an on-premises environment to the cloud will not exactly replicate functions.

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Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #6— Over-Intermediating the Cloud UX to Control Deployment

Our last posts covered structuring and securing your Azure environment. Now, we’ll focus on a topic important for its actual use: how strictly to control deployment.
 
What people often do is create a portal between developers and Azure itself. This isn’t surprising, as it’s probably what they have on-premises: a portal that exists between developers and the servers that run the applications.
 

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Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make Getting Started with Azure: #7— Ignoring Identity, RBAC and Conditional Access

Now that your Azure Environment is effectively and properly structured, as noted in our previous post, we come across a slippery slope that must be avoided. Now that it has been created, it needs to be secured. It has become second nature to use a seatbelt, lock doors and assure the area is clear when entering or exiting a vehicle, and we must direct that line of thinking when it comes to employing technology.
 

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TechTalks - An Innovation Story About Cows

In this episode of #techtalks, Nathan Lasnoski illustrates how technology and innovation can improve even the most traditional industries such as milk production. 

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